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Fans line up worldwide to buy iPhone 6, 6 Plus

Apple Inc.’s stores attracted long lines of shoppers for the debut of the latest iPhones, indicating healthy demand for the bigger-screen smartphones. The iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus went on sale today in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, France, Germany, the U.K. and the East Coast of the U.S., before rolling out across the rest of the country. Shoppers in New York and San Francisco had already formed lines in the past two days to be among the first to buy the gadgets.

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Truman Medical Center will stop billing practice that refuses to accept health insurance

The concession is part of a proposed settlement valued at $478,000 to dispose of a lawsuit against the hospital. Truman Medical Center allegedly didn’t file health insurance claims for some patients injured in auto accidents, which allowed it to avoid the deep discounts typically required by health insurers. It could then seek more money for its medical services, mainly from auto insurance settlements.

Business

Chamber to unveil 2015 area economic outlook on Tuesday

Economist Frank Lenk of the Mid-America Regional Council will present the chamber’s annual forecast. In addition, economist Chris Kuehl, of Armada Corporate Intelligence and author of the chamber’s daily business briefing, will share his views on the outlook for business and the economy.

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Epiq Systems explores strategic options after activist shareholder challenge

Kansas City, Kan.-based Epiq said its options may include acquisitions, divestitures or a going-private transaction. The plans come after the New Orleans investment firm St. Denis J. Villere & Co. said in a regulatory filing that it had acquired a 16.2 percent stake in Epiq and that it believes Epiq “should explore strategic alternatives” to increase shareholder value.

Perceptive Software closes satellite offices and announces layoffs

Perceptive, previously based in Shawnee, recently moved 750 employees into its new headquarters at 8900 Renner Blvd. Chief executive Scott Coons, in an email to the staff, announced layoffs “to achieve profitable growth” but did not say how many. He also said offices in Beverly, Mass., and San Francisco would close.

Perceptive Software closes satellite offices and announces layoffs

Perceptive, previously based in Shawnee, recently moved 750 employees into its new headquarters at 8900 Renner Blvd. Chief executive Scott Coons, in an email to the staff, announced layoffs “to achieve profitable growth” but did not say how many. He also said offices in Beverly, Mass., and San Francisco would close.

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After NFL, baseball addresses domestic violence

The recent spate of high-profile domestic violence cases involving Ray Rice and other NFL players prompted Major League Baseball and the players' union to open talks about the way that sport should deal with such episodes.

Waddell & Reed Financial tops the rankings

The Overland Park mutual fund manager has outpaced rivals in attracting investors’ dollars by its strong performance and variety of offerings. And the Ivy Funds, which Waddell manages alongside its Waddell & Reed Funds, had a big hand in this year’s showing.

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Perceptive Software closes satellite offices and announces layoffs

Perceptive, previously based in Shawnee, recently moved 750 employees into its new headquarters at 8900 Renner Blvd. Chief executive Scott Coons, in an email to the staff, announced layoffs “to achieve profitable growth” but did not say how many. He also said offices in Beverly, Mass., and San Francisco would close.

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Pound rises as Scottish results favor union

The British pound jumped as investors bet that Scottish voters would reject independence based on results that cover more than half of Scotland. Japanese stocks rallied as the yen extended losses against the dollar while other Asian benchmarks were subdued for lack of major economic data.